Gubernatorial candidate quickly wraps up interview with committee investigating Jan. 6 attack
Doug Mastriano, the Republican state senator who is his party’s nominee for governor, quickly ended an interview with investigators from the Jan. 6 select committee on Tuesday.
Reports say Mastriano abruptly ended his interview with the committee, which has a Democratic majority but has two Republicans.
Tuesday morning’s meeting was abruptly interrupted by the Republican senator and Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate when committee members refused to agree to his demands, according to The New York Times.
Tim Parlatore, as reported by Politico, wrote a letter ahead of the interview stating that Mastrinao would only participate in answering questions posed by the committee investigating the events surrounding the 2021 attack if he was allowed to tape the session. .
Parlatore said in an interview with the USA Today Network on Tuesday that his client requested either a transcript of the proposed interview, a recording of the interview, a commitment to release the entire interview immediately afterwards, a postponement of the deposition until after the general election, or all four.
“This committee has already demonstrated that they will take excerpts from these interviews and broadcast them without the proper context to create a false narrative,” he told a reporter from the national news network.
Shocked by President Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat, Mastriano tried to block Congress from certifying the results won by Joe Biden. The released emails show Mastriano was a key figure in the plan to submit a fake voters list to the federal government in a bid to install Trump for a second term after his defeat.
Mastriano, a US Army veteran, was in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. Video emerged after he crossed police lines, but he said he did not enter the US Capitol with attackers.
Mastriano easily won the spring GOP primaries, but he faced claims about the 2020 election, being on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol at the time of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, his membership in aspects and supporters of Qanon’s violent plot. , a campaign consultant who made anti-Semitic statements, and other controversies.
Several high-profile state Republicans, including from Bucks County, have spoken out against Mastriano and for Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, who serves as the state’s attorney general.
Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general who is running for governor as a Democratic nominee, tweeted Wednesday about Mastriano’s abrupt exit from his committee interview.
“He does not respond to the press. He is not responding to a congressional subpoena. He doesn’t respond to people. Pennsylvanians deserve to know: why not? Shapiro asked.
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